Inquest probe into soldier's death

AN inquest into the death of an 18-year-old soldier who died in a Suffolk road accident heard today that faulty breaks my have caused the tragedy.Lee Passmore, from Devon, died when the army lorry he was travelling in careered down an embankment on the A14 near the Claydon turn-off in October 2002.

AN inquest into the death of an 18-year-old soldier who died in a Suffolk road accident heard today that faulty breaks my have caused the tragedy.

Lee Passmore, from Devon, died when the army lorry he was travelling in careered down an embankment on the A14 near the Claydon turn-off in October 2002.

An inspection at the scene failed to discover any fault but a second investigation found a recently fitted brake pipe was not attached.

Experts are still debating whether this may have caused the eight-ton truck to veer off the road.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that neither Sapper Passmore nor the driver, Lance Corporal Paul Johnson, who was also injured, were wearing seat belts.

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